Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Best Online Resources For Maximizing Your Time At Home

Do Something Amazing At Home

This ever-growing guide will help you thrive. And it’s especially helpful if you’re stuck at home due to the snow, rain or a worldwide coronavirus pandemic, this list will help you take advantage of being stuck in your house for days, weeks or months?!

This is not a list consisting of suggestions like: read a book, write a novel, do yoga. Although we have a section dedicated to those lists if you need inspiration.

This list is meant to help you find books to read, how to write a novel and apps/websites to help you maximize your time online! We’re focused on finding the best of the best. Send us suggestions if you find something that should included! Enjoy!

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Online Classes And Camps For Kids

In this new era more and more classes and camps will be available online and there are so many exciting options.

Varsity Tutors Offers A Few Options

  • Virtual School Day which has almost 200 free, live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. They also offer Virtual Summer Camps, which are free week-long half-day summer camps. Class subjects include foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more. The camps are taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors’ platform.

Cultural Experiences

Experience museums, music and cultural experiences from the comfort of your living room.

  • The Metropolitan Opera in New York is streaming “Nightly Met Opera Streams” Live In HD series March 16-22 at 7:30pm on their website.
  • Google Arts & Culture allows visitors to walk through museums, historical sites, and to visit & explore online exhibits from hundreds of leading museums around the world.
  • BroadwayHD offers a 7-day trial to their streaming service with over 300 Broadway plays and musicals

Fitness & Exercise

Fitness and exercise are often neglected when we are busy with life. Take advantage of being at home and start your exercise routine today. Many local gyms and studios are offer online classes. Check with your local studios and support local if you are able.

  • FitOn offers hundreds of free fitness classes including: yoga, dance, HIIT, strength, and pilates.
  • YMCA 360 offers free fitness classes on demand including: youth soccer, barre, yoga, bootcamp, and weightlifting.
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Streaming Services

Movie and TV Streaming Services

  • HBO NOW offers a free 7-day free trial so you can binge everything from the classics like The Wire to new hits like Watchmen.
  • Netflix offers a 30-day trial for you to stream old tv shows, movies and Netflix Originals.
  • The Criterion Channel offers a 14-day trial with access to classic and contemporary films curated by The Criterion Collection.
  • Disney+ offers a 7-day free trial for watching all the Disney classics your heart desires.
  • Hulu offers a 30-day free trial for watching select episodes and seasons of current and classic TV shows, movies, and Hulu Originals.
  • Pluto TV offers totally free, ad-supported, streaming cable-like services so you can watch 250+ live channels and 1000s of on-demand movies. We wrote about Pluto TV, check it out if you want to learn more.
  • Shudder offers a 7-day free trial for fans of horror, thrillers and suspense. 30-day free trial with code: SHUTIN

Sports Streaming Services

  • NFL Game Pass is free until May 31st, 2020. Watch every NFL football game since 2011, 20 years of Super Bowls, and many other NFL Films.
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Read Screenplays and Ebooks


  • Project Gutenberg has over 60,0000 free books available to read online or download to your favorite e-reader.
  • Hoopla is available through participating libraries and offers more up-to-date titles, as well as music, movies and tv shows.


If you want to write a screenplay, you should read screenplays. They are also fun to read even if you have no intention of writing a screenplay. There are many screenplay writing resources on the web.

Write A Book, Screenplay Or Memoir

You can write in a word document but there are many programs designed to help you focus on writing and not formatting.

  • WriterDuet offers a free (up to three scripts) perfectly formatted screenplay platform for writing the next Die Hard or How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, whatever you’re into.
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Learn A Language

  • Duolingo offers free language courses for over 30 languages in bite size chunks.
  • Tiny Cards by Duolingo allows users to memorize “anything” including languages according to the app. It’s free with no limits.
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  • Do Think Share helps users with creative inspiration for activities and weekly challenges aimed at sparking the creative inside of every one of us.
  • Lunch Doodles features The Kennedy Center‘s Artist-in-Residence At Home, children’s book author Mo Willems guiding viewers through exploration in drawings, doodles and writing.
  • Color Our Collections offers downloadable coloring pages from hundreds of museums and libraries massive collections.

Learn To Code

Learn to code. Make a program that outputs text like: “Hello World” or “Are The Robots Taking OVER?” Free coding resources are everywhere online. We’ve picked a few of the best.

  • is a non-profit offering free coding lessons and certificates available to all. This is a great place to start your coding journey.
  • offers free coding courses spanning from kindergarten to college level. The beginning courses are a great way learn the basics of programming visually.
  • Khan Academy is a great place to learn the basics of computer programming and more advanced programming.
  • Interneting Is Hard offers “Friendly web development tutorials for complete beginners” focused on HTML & CSS. It’s free, comprehensive and visually appealing.

Learn An Instrument Or Work On Your Singing Chops

  • Yousician offers a 7-day free trial with hundreds of piano, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar and singing lessons.

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Do You Have Something Interesting To Add To The List?

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